Luis Barros, is the Founder and CEO of Leading Business Ventures, LLC (“LB Ventures” or “LBV”), a boutique consultancy specializing in venture financing, acceleration and business development. His affiliations and collaborations include serving as a Venture Partner of Portugal Ventures, an $800M Venture Capital|Private Equity Firm based in Lisbon, Portugal; appointment as Co-Director of Industry and Innovation of the MIT’s Portugal Program (MPP); and Principal Advisor|Expert Resource role with the USA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programs.
As an investor, his past roles include serving as Senior VP of Investments at the Governor of Massachusetts $1B Life Sciences Center and Principal at e.Lilly and Lilly Venture Funds (NYSE: LLY). His operations experiences includes serving as Executive Vice-President at IC Sciences (entity founded by the co-founding family of Boston Scientific), where he served as President of Endovascular Forum, and management roles with venture-backed cos respectively acquired by Microsoft (NYSE: MSFT) and TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX).
Luis also was on the compliance team overseeing the asset management industry at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and started his career in sales and marketing, including Ethicon, Inc. ( Johnson & Johnson).
He has degrees from MIT-Sloan (MBA) and UMASS-Amherst (BBA).